July 26, 2019

Sister of Providence professes first vows at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

After professing her first vows as a Sister of Providence at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on June 30, Providence Sister Emily TeKolste displays the symbol identifying her with the congregation—a white cross with a black emblem representing Christ in the world. (Submitted photo)

After professing her first vows as a Sister of Providence at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on June 30, Providence Sister Emily TeKolste displays the symbol identifying her with the congregation—a white cross with a black emblem representing Christ in the world. (Submitted photo)

Criterion staff report

On June 30, Providence Sister Emily TeKolste, a native of Carmel, Ind., professed first vows in Church of the Immaculate Conception as a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. The profession of these vows concluded her novitiate, a two-year formation program with the congregation.

During this first year of the novitiate program, she studied Scripture and spirituality, participated in communal and private prayer and continued discerning a possible call to religious life through participation in a variety of programs, seminars and other projects.

The second year of the novitiate is referred to as the mission novice year. Novices live the everyday life of a fully professed sister during this time, but they have not yet professed vows as a member of the congregation. As a mission novice, Sister Emily taught theology and sociology at Bishop McNamara Catholic School in Kankakee, Ill.

Sister Emily will move to work as a grassroots mobilization specialist at NETWORK in Washington, D.C. She will live in Maryland with Providence Sisters Marilyn Baker and Clelia Cecchetti.
 

(For more information about the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, log on to spsmw.org.)

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